EBay won't allow its customers to use Google Checkout, the recently-announced rival to PayPal. While some are calling for eBay's head on a pike for monopolistic behavior — and I admit that was my first reaction, too — after reading the arguments for and against eBay's action I believe that eBay should get the benefit of the doubt.
While eBay does have a vested interest in protecting its PayPal online payments system from Google's new offering, it's not unreasonable for eBay to take a slow approach to Google Checkout. Google Checkout is out of "beta" testing, but until it's been in use for a while, eBay has every right to be wary of how well Google Checkout will work in practice.
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